Things I have not yet managed to accomplish in my first six days of retirement:
1. Clean out closet of professional clothing to give away
2. Re-arrange office furniture and clean out file cabinets
3. Lose any amount of weight
4. Get rid of pesky cold
5. Post daily to my blog (or even weekly!)
6. Garden--AT ALL
So far, my life in retirement is not at all as I expected. All those visions I had of myself accomplishing all those things that I never got a chance to do while holding down a job, poof. I now have nothing but time and can't seem to get to any of them!
The thing I am appreciating, however, is the absence of hurrying. I went to lunch with a friend this week; we had terrible service and the lunch took over 2 hours, but I didn't care. I was spending time with one of my very favorite people and I had nothing to get to, nowhere else to be. I ran an errand afterward and, all told, was "gone for lunch" for over four hours.
At least I was able to get on that eliptical trainer before going to our friends' house for dinner. They, of course, asked me what I did with Day Two of my retirement--lunch and work out--pretty much what I did with Day One. No one can believe it takes the whole day to have lunch and work out!
The problem, I'm finding with the "to do" list, is it really doesn't matter at all if it doesn't get done. The big important thing are getting done, like writing thank-you notes for all the thoughtful gifts and kind words that friends and colleagues have sent my way. But with so many things to do, and only a mere 16 waking-hours a day, there's just no way to get them all done in one day, so why not spread the list out over several days, or rather, several years.
It is wonderful, really, this feeling of being totally unproductive. Surprising, but wonderful. I really do want to get to the zillions of things I want to get to, but it is quite a novelty to have no real reason to have to get to them just yet.